The Moisés Sáenz Manuscript Collection by Harry E. Rosser

Collection Summary

Creators: Rosser, Harry E.; Sáenz, Moisés, 1888-1941
Dates: 1908-1990
Extent: 3 record cartons (3 linear feet)
Language(s): English and Spanish
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Special Collections.


Harry E. Rosser

1916 Born, Pittsburgh, March 5
1941 Graduated from Wheaton College
1943-1945 B.D./M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary
1945 Ordained to Presbytery Baltimore, June
1945 Commissioned to the Board of Foreign Missions
1945-1959 Fraternal worker of the Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations (COEMAR) with the United Presbyterian Church of the USA (UPCUSA) in Mexico
1946 Instituto de Lengua Española of Medellin Colombia
1952-1954 Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico City
1959-1968 Organizing Pastor and Pastor of Northminster Church in Reisterstown, Maryland
1963-1970 Ph.D. from the American University
1969-1972 Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies at College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio
1973 Pastor of the United Church of Guadalajara Mexico
1973 Overseas Associate Program Agency/ United Presbyterian Church of the USA (UPCUSA) and Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Diego Guadalajara Program

Biographical Information

Harry E. Rosser was born March 5, 1916, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Baltimore Presbytery in 1945. During that time he worked with the Board of Foreign Mission and was part of the fraternal worker of the Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations with the United Presbyterian Church of the USA (UPCUSA) in Mexico. He was also Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies at College of Wooster in Ohio from 1969 to 1972 and Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Diego Guadalajara Program in 1973.

Moisés Sáenz, 1888 February 16 – 1941 October 24, was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico and died in Lima, Peru. He began his studies in the Civil College of his native city, Monterrey. He finished his superior course of studies in the Preparatory Presbyterian School of Coyoacán, D.F., Mexico, and later was awarded the title of Primary School Teacher in the Normal School of Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. He was granted a pension to attend the Washington and Jefferson College of Washington, P.A., where he earned his B.A. degree. He received his D.S. Degree at Columbia University and after graduating went to Paris to continue his education at Sorbonne. He returned to Mexico and was called upon to cooperate in the Public Administration, where he held the following positions: Principal of the National Preparatory School of Mexico City; Under Secretary of Public Education, and, later, Secretary of the same Ministry. He was also the founder of the Secondary Schools in Mexico, the Rural Schools, and the Normal Rural Schools. He was founder and Pioneer of the First National Indigenous Congress established in Patzcuaro, Mexico. He was Diplomatic Representative of his Country in the Republics of Ecuador and Peru and in Denmark.

He authored several published works including, El Indio Peruano y su Incorporación al medio Nacional, y El Indio Ecuatoriano, edited by the Ministry of Public Education of Mexico, D.F. 1933; Carapán, edited in Lima, Peru, 1936; México Integro, Lima, Peru, 1939; and Escuelas Rurales de la Sierra de Puebla; and many unpublisheded works on indigenous peoples of Latin America.


Scope and Content

This collection includes autobiographical articles, correspondence, manuscripts, handwritten notes, lesson plans, and other miscellaneous material that was collected by Harry E. Rosser, dating between 1908-1990, which were either written by or written on Moisés Sáenz.



Sáenz, Moisés, 1888-1941

Education--Mexico--History--20th century.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)--Missions.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Moisés Sáenz Manuscript Collection by Harry E. Rosser. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Processing Information

Anthony Matias, PTS 2016. April 2015


There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.



The collection is arranged in its original order as received.



Box 1
1:1 Articles and editorials on Moisés Sáenz's work as an educator.(5 itmes) 1913-1988
1:2 Material written (in Spanish) by Moisés Sáenz on education. (14 items) 1923-1951
1:3 Revitalizacion Linguistica. (3 items) 1987-1989
1:4 Esfuerzo Educativo en Mexico. 1929
1:5 Escuelas Federales en La Sierra de Puebla. 1927
1:6 Mexico Integro 1933
1:7 Escuelas Federales en San Luis Potosi 1928
Box 2
2:1 Unpublished translation of The Peruvian Indian by Moisés Sáenz 1944
2:2 Thesis photocopy: Sara Quintanilla Reyes. "The Place of Moisés Sáenz in Mexican Education" 1952
2:3 Correspondence, articles, slides, photos, floppy disks, and notes. (16 items) 1908-1979
2:4 Biography on Moisés Sáenz for 50th anniversary of National System of Secondary Schools.
2:5 Sunrise in Aztec Land 1922 by Wan A. Ross. 1922
Box 3
3:1 PC USA Missions to Mexico, University Student Center, and other Publications. (30 items) 1919-1979
3:2 Biographical Pamphlets, Articles, and Newsletters on Moisés Sáenz. (54 items) 1888-1990
3:3 Written articles and excerpts by Moisés Sáenz. (36 items) 1926-1970


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